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Great Dane Announces Passing of Former VP of Design and Development


(Savannah, Georgia – November 2, 2018) – Great Dane is saddened to announce the passing of former Great Dane Vice President of Design and Development Charles “Charlie” Fetz. Fetz had a celebrated career in engineering before retiring from Great Dane in 2016.

“Charlie was a stalwart champion of structural integrity, and is largely responsible for Great Dane’s reputation for strong and durable products,” said Rick Mullininx, Great Dane’s executive vice president of Engineering. “Yet, he was also forward-thinking. During his years with Great Dane, he was the inventor or co-inventor on 16 U.S. and foreign patents, including Great Dane’s exclusive ThermoGuard liner and RIG30 rear impact guard.”

In the transportation industry, Fetz contributed to numerous recommended practices and educational sessions. He served many years on the Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association’s (TTMA) Engineering Committee, including a term as chairman. Many of TTMA’s Recommended Practices have been subject to Fetz’s keen edits.

Fetz was also active on the American Transportation Association’s (ATA) Technology and Maintenance Council’s (TMC) Future Truck Committee and S.7 Trailer, Bodies and Material Handling Study Group, serving as chairman for several task forces, including the Future Trailer Productivity Task Force. While chairman of the task force, he authored a whitepaper titled “Increasing the Efficiency of Pre and Post Trip Inspections”, which led to the development of Great Dane’s telematics solution, FleetPulse.

“Although retired, we lost a gentle giant in our industry whose impact will be felt for years to come,” Mullininx said.

About Great Dane

Great Dane is the leading manufacturer of high-performance commercial transportation equipment, including dry and refrigerated trailers and truck bodies, as well as steel, aluminum and combo platform trailers. Great Dane has a storied history in the commercial trucking industry and is a driving force in trailer technology, innovation, quality and customer service. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, and with additional corporate offices in Savannah, Georgia, Great Dane has manufacturing plants strategically located throughout the United States. The company’s network of corporate-owned branches, full-line independent dealers and parts-only independent dealers offers a broad range of distribution points for new and used trailers as well as aftermarket services across North and South America. Visit Great Dane online at